Fluoride Free Mouth – 10 Easy Steps
Crest or Colgate? Neither thank you. Several groups of researchers have demonstrated deleterious effects of fluoride as a neuroendocrine disruptor. Their findings include reduced fertility, bone loss, and behavioral/mood/learning concerns in children ( sources ). The ubiquitous presence of fluoride in commercial toothpaste is one reason I choose not to brush with them anymore. Its more than that though.
Why Not To Use Commercial, Fluoridated Oral Care Products
Toothpaste is full of preservatives and foaming agents that are not by any means “natural”. Even the tube says not to swallow it because it is poisonous. You don’t have to swallow toothpaste to get negatively effected by the toxic ingredients though.
The mouth is a super absorptive surface with tons of capillaries primed for pulling nutrients into the blood stream. Other, more topical reactions can occur from toxins in toothpaste. For example, for some reason when I used to use “normal” toothpaste my spit would turn into gel after every. single. brushing. Yuck! No such problems here since successfully switching to natural toothpaste.
Ok so we want to get away from the nasties. How do we switch to fluoride free, natural oral care and not get a mouth full of cavities and gingivitis? Keep reading for 10 ways to do just that.
Ten Tips For A Naturally Healthy And Fluoride Free Mouth
1. Irritating Foods To Avoid
Avoid grains and foods high in phytates that have not been properly prepared. They not only irritate our gums and enamel, they bind with essential minerals we need to keep our teeth healthy and pull them right out of the body. Eating a diet high in processed, refined, unprepared grains can actually be worse for your teeth than sucking on lemons. Prepared means that the grains have been soaked, sprouted or fermented before being eaten.
2. Nutrient Dense Foods To Include
Increase your intake of fat soluble vitamins. Fat soluble vitamins are A, D, E, & K. They have various roles that help our bodies absorb minerals and to keep them in the bones and teeth where they need to be. Calcium is so abundant in our diet we don’t have to eat extra dairy to meet the need. In fact, milk isn’t the best food for your teeth, cod liver oil, emu and butter oil are due to their superior fat soluble vitamin content.
3. Its All About That Fat – Healthy Fat
If you want to be able to utilize your fat soluble vitamins you need to have the fat to create the solubility. Stop eating a low fat diet. Fat doesn’t make you fat or give you heart disease. Eat healthful fats, not processed vegetable oils or fried foods.
4. Detox Your Mouth
Do some oil pulling. I didn’t feel like I needed any prep when I switched my oral hygiene routine to natural products. Some people might suffer from chronic bad breath and want some security. Oil pulling with coconut oil naturally detoxifies the oral membranes.
5. Carry Emergency Supplies
Keep some natural breath fresheners on hand. My all time favorite are doTERRA’s Peppermint Beadlets.
6. Limit Sugar
Obviously don’t eat a whole bunch of sugar or drink soda and juice all day.
7. Stay Alkaline
Eat lots of green veggies or drink green juice. Green veggies/juice helps keep the blood alkaline which allows calcium to stay in the teeth and bones instead of getting pulled out to buffer the blood. A word of caution: don’t drink green juice with meals. It will dilute your stomach acid and impair your digestion. Then you won’t be absorbing any minerals at all.
8. Just Do It! With Trusted, Fluoride Free Brands
Trust your body’s natural protective abilities and make that switch! My two favorite natural toothpastes are doTERRA OnGuard Natural Whitening Toothpaste and Primal Life Organics (PLO) Dirty Mouth Tooth Powder. The PLO is a little more expensive and doesn’t give you that foaming feeling that we associate with clean. Its also a little gritty and takes some getting used to. However, it provides excellent results, leaves the mouth feeling clean, and keeps the dentist plenty happy. Its also the cleaner choice of the two. doTERRA’s still has some foaming agents and chemicals in it, although they are of the safer variety. I am currently using doTERRA’s due to the cost, convenience and the fact that my husband loves it. To learn more about doTERRA and how to get it click here or contact me!
9. Safe Swishing
Are you a mouthwash person? Mouthwash is gross. The chemicals in mouthwash absorb quickly through capillaries in your mouth. I say stay away. Instead use plain salt water to swish with or put a drop of peppermint essential oil in water and swish that for a minty fresh feel. Many doTERRA users put Melaleuca (tee tree oil) and clove in water to swish as they are great essential oils for antibacterial oral support.
Don’t forget to floss!! I never understood why people floss with plastic strings. Anything that needs catching between the teeth could just slip right on past plastic, right? I prefer to use fabric floss without any synthetic flavorings or other additives. I find mine at my natural health food store and I bet Whole Foods, Thrive Market or Amazon will have something for you!
Wrapping It Up
Commercial toothpastes aren’t all that safe. Fluoride is also not the wonder substance we’ve been lead to believe. Thankfully there are a lot of natural oral care products on the market now and you’ve officially educated yourself on several ways to benefit your oral health without harsh toothpastes. If you are suffering from fertility issues, bone loss, or mood/behavioral/IQ concerns you could also consider switching to a water filter that removes fluoride such as this one. Or, as always, feel free to reach out to me for more personalized nutritional assistance!
Stan C. Freni. Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health Vol. 42, Iss. 1, 1994
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